I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with guillain-barre syndrome. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

Guillain-Barre syndr. Guillain-barre syndrome is a post-viral disease where antibodies attack the lining of the nerves. The longest nerves get affected first--i.e., the nerves to the hands and feet. You may feel some numbness, but the hallmark sign is weakness, ultimately inability to walk. Symptoms are progressive and ultimately if the diaphragm muscle gets weak you will have trouble breathing.
Clinical Diagnosis. This is the most common cause of acute generalized paralysis in the western world. It is usually a progressive ascending paralysis. The spinal fluid usually has increased protein without inflammatory cells and a normal glucose level. Certain patterns of protein are more common.

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Neuro docs, please someone read my guillain barre syndrome symptom description & please advise what your thoughts are on possible diagnosis-thank you!

Response. Not clear to me why you have "muscle weakness", and your information does not indicate why you wonder about Guillain-Barre. This is far better handled by reviewing your medical profile, which can be done via an INBOX consult or a Concierge virtual visit. Read more...

Guillain-barre syndrome----what are common neuropathy symptoms? Is isolated sensations to one side of the body common?

Numbness. Guillain-barre syndrome is a demylinating disease of the nerves and causes numbness, weakness and can progress to paralysis. The condition usually improves over time. The condition can affect only a few nerves and only one side of the body but is usually bilateral and ascends up the body. Read more...
Typically bilateral. Usually, an acute ascending bilateral predominantly motor neuropathy associated with progressive weakness, and potential compromise of breathing, following usually a viral infection, but also campylobacter jejuni, or mononucleosis. Mostly motor, but miller-fisher variant can involve eyes and coordination. Focal sensory symptoms would suggest different problem. Read more...

What are the early symptoms of somebody starting to get guillain-barre syndrome?

Paresthesias/weak. Guillain-barre can progress very fast but usually starts with strange sensations in the extremities and then weakness that also starts from the extremities, gets more severe affecting trunk. It is critical to get medical attention before the weakness progresses to the diaphragm/muscles of breathing. Rarely (about 5-10%) of the time, these muscles are affected first/early - variant gb. Read more...

Can HPV virus trigger guillain barre syndrome? Can this virus incubate and show symptoms after 2 days from the day of infection?

Probably not. Hpv is not known to trigger guillain barre. It is a virus that tends to stay locally, causing symptoms on the genitals. It typically takes a couple of weeks before you'll see the symptoms (usually blister-like lesions on the penis). Men are much less likely to show symptoms of hpv than are women. Read more...